Prime World

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Prime World
Prime World logo
Developer(s) Nival
Publisher(s) Nival
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Genre(s) MMORPG, multiplayer online battle arena
Mode(s) Online multiplayer, single player, cooperative gameplay

Prime World is a freemium MMORPG-multiplayer online battle arena hybrid game, internally developed by Nival and available for PC and Mac with companion apps for Android and iOS platforms.[1]

Prime World revolves around a battle between two nations, the Dokht Imperium and the Keepers of Adornia, for control of Prime, a critical resource. Prime is a source of energy; an alien substance that alters the world and gives its users power over it. By controlling heroes, players support their armies, capture new territory and attempt to destroy the enemy's base. Each Prime World player is the lord of his or her own castle, which is both their main base of operations and home to the player’s heroes. At the castle, players can build various buildings, from mining facilities to decorative structures. Players can also create new talents and skills which can be chosen later, enhancing the selected hero's assets for upcoming battles.

Gameplay[edit]

A promo model at IgroMir 2012

Prime World combines PvP and PvE session battles in multiplayer online battle arena style with MMORPG-style persistent character progression.

The game uses a castle-building metaphor to display a player's development and a collectible card mechanic for character talents. It has persistent character development between battles and a class system with roles outside of the "tank, mage, and healer" triad.[2][3] Prime World's main game mode is "Borderlands", which is a classic MOBA map with three lanes guarded by turrets and two bases.

Nival has released four additional PvP game modes: "Dragonwald", with more PvE-oriented gameplay than Borderlands; the fast-paced "Outpost" with a single lane; defense-based "Homeland"; and the zombie-ridden "Apocalypse". There is also a "Shuffle" mode, which is similar to Borderlands but with heroes randomly shuffled in a team. At E3 2013, Nival announced two PvE modes: single-player campaign and co-op "Challenges" missions.[4] Both were available during the open beta weekend in June. [5]

There are currently 324 shared talents available in the game, each of which can be won in battle or produced in the castle. Talents can be upgraded up to four times, using other talents as a resource. There are also hero-specific talents that cannot be upgraded - up to nine per hero. This brings the total number of talents to 648.

Every hero gets experience points for winning or losing a PvP battle and for winning PvE battles. Losing a PvE battle does not give the player any rewards. Getting enough experience will unlock a new level, allowing the player to permanently upgrade a hero's basic characteristics.

As of March 2014, there are 68 heroes to choose from, 34 for each faction. Most heroes share the same gameplay mechanics for both factions, and are identical except for their appearance. Each faction has two unique heroes; Artiste and Demonologist for Kingdom of Adornia and Doctrine and Inventor for Dokht Imperium.[6][7]

Prime World uses optional Facebook Connect to allow players to engage with their friends in the game, creating teams and using their help to improve production rates in their castle.

Gender features[edit]

One of the basic talents that was originally available in the game allowed players of different genders to protect each other if they were playing together, and only if they were each playing a hero of their own previously-specified gender.

Another game feature was a different in-game heroes pricing policy for male and female gamers.[8][9] After much controversy this feature was cancelled and prices are now the same for both male and female players.[10]

All gender features were removed from the game as well as the gender indication in the game interface.[11]

Development[edit]

Promotional models at IgroMir 2011

Prime World was developed using the Unity game engine.[12]

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